Born in Stoke-on-Trent in March 1993, Sam Kelsall was only 18 when given his first class debut by Mick Newell in 2011. The right-handed opening batsman fell cheaply in both innings, against Durham at the Emirates ICG, but he has already shown enough in the county’s junior ranks and second team to suggest he will have a long and successful career at Trent Bridge.

An England Under-19 international, he played in all seven matches against the South African Under-19s last summer and has wintered in Bangladesh and Australia, ahead of the Under 19 World Cup ‘Down Under’ in 2012.

Slight of build, Sam is an athletic fieldsman and more-than-capable wicketkeeper, a role he fulfilled for Nottinghamshire’s seconds in the Second Eleven Trophy Final against Lancashire last year.

His one first team appearance at Trent Bridge resulted in a score of 40 against Sri Lanka A last summer, a useful target to aim for when he next gets the opportunity.